Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
What Is Coconut Oil and How Can It Help My Dog?
As the word implies, coconut oil is an oil extracted from the meat of mature coconuts obtained from tropical coconut palms. However, upon purchasing coconut oil for your dog, don't expect it to be liquid. It's rather solid, when kept at under 75 degrees, just as your average lard or butter. However, unlike butter that can soon turn rancid, coconut oil can last up to 2 years, courtesy of its high levels of saturated fat which makes it slow to oxidize.
Coconut oil has had a bad reputation due to this though. Several health organizations have warned people about the risks of consuming high amounts of coconut oils due to its levels of saturated fat. In the 1980s and 1990s coconut oil was seen less and less due to its terrible reputation. It was then replaced by other vegetable oils that turned out often being far more harmful. Nowadays, coconut oil has made a big comeback, and several people seem to be investing in it so much that some stores cannot keep up with the demand.
Buying coconut oil for your pooch is not a bad idea. Your dog will reap the benefits, but you can too and in many ways. Look up the health benefits of coconut oil for humans. Also, because of its nutty flavor, coconut oil is often used in cooking. Movie theaters use it to pop their popcorn and for a good reason, it gives popcorn a wonderful flavor other oils can't beat!.
So why is coconut oil good for dogs? First of all, consider that saturated fat was unjustly accused of being bad in the 1950s, promoting high cholesterol and heart disease, when in reality it was trans fat to be bad. Saturated fat, therefore obtained a bad rep because it was confused with trans fat. In coconut oil, while 90 percent is saturated fat, at least 50 percent of this fat is lauric acid which is blessed with antibacterial and anitiviral properties. Lauric acid is the same compound found in mother's milk along with the many disease-fighting qualities.
Best of all, you can share the coconut benefits with your dog. According to Mercola.com, you should have two types of oil in your kitchen: extra-virgin olive oil used raw for salads and coconut oil for frying. Turns out, coconut oil is the most stable oil that resists heat-induced damage and also keeps your heart healthy, keeps good cholesterol levels and supports weight loss. Not to mention the oodles of benefits from using this oil—both for humans and dogs.
Coconut Oil Dosage for Dogs
What's the dosage for coconut oil in dogs? According to veterinarian Karen Becker (in the video below) the dosage of coconut oil for dogs is one teaspoon for every 10 to 20 pounds of weight. Initially, you may want to start with little doses to see how your dog responds.
Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
For thousands of years, inhabitants of the tropics have used coconut oil both for cooking or health. What these populations have in common is that they're healthy and for a good part thin. Most of the Pacific Islanders who used coconuts regularly, were found to be free of heart disease, diabetes and other illnesses so common in our neck of the woods. Just as in humans, the list of benefits derived from coconut oil use in dogs is long. While not many studies have been conducted, there's plenty of anecdotal evidence from owners reporting dramatic changes in the dog's coat and overall health. For a good part, dogs enjoy many of the same benefits humans get from this wonderful oil. Coconut oil works from the inside out, and can also be used topically other than ingested. Let's take a look at some of the many benefits.
The Benefits of Giving Your Dog Coconut Oil
- Reduces cancer and other degenerative diseases
- Helps with digestive issues
- Helps prevent bacterial, viral and fungal infection
- Relieves arthritis
- Promotes healthy thyroid
- Is known for regressing Alzheimer's disease
- Reduces allergies
- Helps maintain a healthy weight
- Provides energy
- Reduces dry skin in the winter
- A good remedy for dry skin on the elbows, dry noses and dry paw pads
- Reduces "doggie odors"
The Benefits of Applying Coconut Oil Topically to Your Dog
- Promotes healing of wounds
- Disinfects cuts
- Reduces moles, sebaceous cyts and skin tags
Dr. Karen Becker in the video below discusses the health benefits of giving coconut oil to your dog and also suggests using it to hide pills. Most dogs love to lap coconut oil right off the spoon and will just swallow the pill along.
Not all coconut oil is created equal. Look for unrefined, virgin coconut oil, made from fresh coconuts and preferably stored in glass jars. Refined coconut, often labeled as RBD is for the most part the cheap coconut oil you find in the skin and hair care compartment of department stores. This oil is obtained from dried coconut using chemicals and lacks all the good nutrients found in unrefined coconut. The country of origin can be anywhere in the Philippines, Thailand, Brazil, Hawaii, Mexico, Jamaica, Belize, Fiji or Sri Lanka. It's not a bad idea to invest in higher quality coconut oil, even though it's a bit more pricey; you'll ultimately get a good return on your investment.
Dr. Karen Becker Discusses Benefits of Coconut Oil for Dogs
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This article is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge. It is not meant to substitute for diagnosis, prognosis, treatment, prescription, or formal and individualized advice from a veterinary medical professional. Animals exhibiting signs and symptoms of distress should be seen by a veterinarian immediately.
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